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Perkins makes ‘Voice’ top 5

Submitted Photo Scranton native Kat Perkins, left, and country singer Gwen Sebastian, who is from Hebron and is a former contestant on “The Voice,” met on the set of the NBC show Monday for a photo. Perkins advanced to the show’s top five Tuesday.

Kat Perkins has made the top five for “The Voice.”

The Scranton native found herself fighting for votes Tuesday for the second week in a row on the NBC talent show as she sang “Barracuda” by Heart. “The Rockin’ Nanny” from Minneapolis will move on to the next round against four other singers. She went up against Sisaundra Lewis, Delvin Choice and Audra McLaughlin, who were eliminated Tuesday.

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“I actually don’t know (if Perkins is safe),” coach Adam Levine said on the show after being asked if she would advance to the next. “One thing I do know that she does deserve to move on.

“I’m at peace with everything and I hope America agrees with me.”

Perkins opened the show Tuesday with Jake Worthington, Kristen Merlin and McLaughlin with “Chainsaw” by The Band Perry. After host Carson Daly announced the singers that advanced, Perkins was left standing in the bottom four, forcing her to sing for an “Instant Save.” Voters had five minutes to tweet and save Perkins. A poll shown during the episode showed she was ahead of the other singers with more than 30 percent during the voting period.

This isn’t the first time Perkins was in danger of leaving the show for good. Last week, Perkins was in the bottom three but was saved by voters. Levine said she did not deserve to be in the bottom, promising if she did what she needed to, she would move on to the next round.

“This girl carries a torch and then some,” Levine said. “There is no bottom four. We are at that point in the show.”

Perkins put her own rock spin on the techno song “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk during the performance round Monday. She drew praise not only from the coaches and audience but also Hebron native and country singer Gwen Sebastian.

“It was amazing to be able to be back home at The Voice, especially being able to finally meet Kat,” Sebastian told The Press. “I think she’s an incredible singer and entertainer.”

Sebastian, who was a contestant on “The Voice” in 2012, returned to the show Monday as a mentor for country singer Blake Shelton’s team. Though the singer did not give tips to Perkins on air, Sebastian said she was proud of her. They even got time to snap a photo together.

Perkins will continue to sing on the show, hoping to be named “The Voice.” The winner will receive a recording contract.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.